Jack’s Big Boy Bedroom Inspiration

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 2, 2014 — 5 Comments

I intentionally designed Jack’s nursery so that it could easily transition to a “big boy” room someday. I can’t believe that he will be two this summer. Time flies!

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I’m really in no hurry to get him out of the crib, but he is a climber and after seeing him put his foot on top of the rail a few times I asked my mother in law if her offer still stood to gift us a pair of twin beds that she purchased in the early 90′s. They’re solid wood and can be used as bunk beds or side by side. Since they can be bunk beds they also include a set of matching guardrails that we will try installing on both sides of one bed to make it more toddler-friendly; or maybe we’ll push the bed into a corner so that we only need one rail. Regardless, the pieces are currently piled in our junk room, I mean guest room, while I take my time sourcing linens and a mattress.

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I know people hate when you paint wood blah blah blah but I’m gonna do it. I’ve been dying to paint a bed kelly green ever since I saw this photo and I think it’ll look so cute in Jack’s room. In addition to the painted bed, I’m envisioning a fun patterned pillowcase, basic white sheets (bleachable!), and a lightweight comforter. There’s lots of color going on and some additional pattern on the nearby rocking chair so I don’t want to go crazy with big patterns. I’d also like to avoid getting locked into a “theme” that he’s likely to outgrow.

boys bedroom inspiration

1. Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore (wall color) 2. Ball Game by Allen + Roth 3. Geometric Squared fabric 4. basic white sheets 5. Circo Basic Quilt Set - Green

I’d love to put both beds in there, but he can’t be trusted with a ladder so that rules out bunk beds and I’m not sure there’s enough room to put both beds on the floor. It’s the smallest room in our house and the layout is limited by several architectural elements (our baby has a fireplace in his room, like that’s not weird at all). I’m not in a hurry to move him but it does make me feel better to know that we at least have the bed. That way if I come in after naptime to find him playing on the floor I can just go ahead and get a mattress right away. I’m just so nervous that I’ll hear a thump followed by wailing instead! I know that every kid is different and there’s no magic age to move them out of the crib-you just have to use your judgement based on your child’s development-but I was expecting to have a while longer. Next thing I know he’ll be asking to borrow the car!


Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


5 responses to Jack’s Big Boy Bedroom Inspiration

  1. Ashley Ballard April 2, 2014 at 8:02 am

    If you really want to put both beds in there as bunk beds, I’d encourage you to do it. We moved Trace into his big boy room at 2.5 with the bunk beds and kept the ladder tucked away when we weren’t in the room with him. Also, I was surprised by how soon after he was able to use the ladder with confidence. I’d say by 3 he was good to go! With Fisher, the ladder had always been up, so let’s just say he could climb before he could walk. ;)

  2. I don’t have any experience, but I was going to say the same thing as Ashley! Put them both up and just lay the ladder on the top bunk for safekeeping until you trust him to climb. Maybe you can even pull it down on special occasions for a little PT fun?

    Although I don’t know if you’ll be able to reach the top bunk, shorty ;)

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap April 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Yeah I hadn’t thought of it before but the top bunk would be a perfect spot for it. I wonder if the room would feel too crowded with bunk beds though???

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